Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Grand Rapids Press Writer Explores Issue Of Cyber School Funding

Virtual classrooms could be the wave of the future in the eyes of a growing number of people. However, there are burning questions being asked by people as illustrated in an article written by Dave Murray of the Grand Rapids Press (June 8).

Here is an excerpt of Murray's article, titled "Should cyber charter schools get the same per-student state aid as traditional schools?" published today:

Should the new virtual charter schools get the same per-student state grant that traditional charters receive?

Grand Valley and Ferris state universities recently became the first in the state to authorize virtual charters, and it’s likely that others will follow suit.

Carol Pogash of the New York Times last week looked at the growth of such schools nationally, reporting that there are 200,000 full-time virtual charter school students.

She raised an interesting point, noting there are a “host of unanswered questions about a system that seemingly requires little overhead. There are no libraries, cafeterias, playgrounds, coaches, janitors, nurses, buses or bus drivers — but can cost taxpayers per student as much as or more than traditional public schools.”

For Murray's full article, visit: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/06/should_cyber_charter_schools_g.html

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